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Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Clever Dog !

A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again.
So, he goes over to the dog and notices he has a note in his mouth. He takes the note and it reads "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well."
The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten dollar Note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is so impressed, and since it's about closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog.
So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street when he comes To a level crossing.
The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.
The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable.
The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided. Along comes a bus. The dog walks around to the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat.
Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus.
The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog Looking at the scenery. Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth.
Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step.
Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself against the door. He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and again, it throws himself against it. There's no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.
The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.
The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. "What in heaven's name are You doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!" to which the guy responds: "You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog's forgotten his key."
Reflection:
Looks like some, people will never be satisfied with what they've got.
When it comes to the work place, Employers do not know how to appreciate their people who have served them loyally through the years. I've seen companies lose good people for the simple fact their leaders failed to show appreciation. Employers with big egos enjoy the fact that they have more power and authority than others. They show, in the way they give orders and directions, that they think they are superior. They get a kick out of displaying this superiority. People who do this are fools, and everyone but them knows it. They are never satisfied because they could not be satisfied even if their people perform well.
They don't listen to the opinion and ideas of their subordinates.
Why? Because of their stupid pride and insecurity.
People of this kind will never be satisfied. Why? Because they are so busy wrapped up in themselves and, fact is, the self can never be satisfied. Happy and productive people are always those who are "others-centered" rather than "self- centered." The greatest idea of leadership is not someone who throws his weight around. Rather, he is a servant. As Bible would say, "He who wish to be a leader should first be a servant."
His joy is derived from delivering a job that others benefit from his contribution. Aim for service and success will follow.

Contributed by: Anonymous Writer

Friday, November 25, 2011

Indian IT companies among world's lowest-paying employers: Study

India Inc is among the world's lowest paying employers in the IT space, with their mid-to-senior level staff getting an average salary of $36,120 (about Rs 18.5 lakh) per annum - less than one-fourth of the IT pay package at globally top-paying Swiss companies.

The IT sector salaries are highest in the world in Switzerland at an average of $167,890 (about Rs 87 lakh) per annum, as per a study titled 'World wide IT Salary 2011'.

The study, conducted by global recruitment service provider MyHiringClub.com, found that India is ranked seventh on a list of the 10 worst IT paymasters globally.

On the other hand, Switzerland stands at the top spot among the top-paying nations in the IT sector. The study took into account the average salaries for people with six and more years of experience for the Indian and other companies.

The report compared the total annual cash compensation and total remuneration information for IT staff in more than 6,000 companies across 41 different countries and found that employers in western Europe are the best paymasters.

It also found that compensation in developed countries focus more on variable factors, such as bonus schemes, to attract staff. At the same time, the emphasis remains on cash compensation in the lower-paying countries.

"The impact of outsourcing and off-shoring on IT roles in North America and Western Europe helps explain the pattern of global pay. Lower-level roles are being moved to regions where talent is cheaper," MyHiringClub.com CEO Rajesh Kumar said.

"India continues to be amongst the leading destinations for IT development, given its cost advantage. However, salary inflation and talent shortage could emerge as major challenges in maintaining this position in future," he added.

IT managers in India, however, fare better than their peers in Vietnam, Bulgaria, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, where the average annual salaries were even lower at $28,940, $32,560, $32,980, $33,000 and $35,870, respectively.

Also, large pay gaps exist between the junior and senior career streams in India, Indonesia, Chile, Brazil and Vietnam, the survey said.

Courtesy: Article by "The Economic Times"

Indovation or Indian Jugaad goes abroad

Pondicherry-born, Paris-raised Navi Radjou calls India his 'spiritual home' - while France is his cultural home and the US, his professional home. But India is also a source of inspiration for the forty-one year old who coined the term 'Indovation' in early 2009. Radjou's first book, Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, and Generate Breakthrough Growth will be released next year in the States and India.

How do you define Indovation?
Indovation - or jugaad, as we know it in India - is any frugal solution designed to address a specific socio-economic pain-point. The stimulus for Indovation tends to be a complex environment, characterised by diversity, interconnectivity, velocity, ambiguity and scarcity. India's always had all of those in large volumes. But now, these factors are being seen all over the world.

How has the concept evolved since you first coined it?
Indovation isn't just a product or service anymore; it can be a process or business model as well. It is already being used to solve the world's problems. GE's Vscan portable ultrasound machine was inspired by India. Then there's the Embrace low-cost baby warmer that uses boiling water instead of electricity or batteries and is available for a hundredth of the cost of existing models. A KPIT Cummins engineer stuck in Mumbai traffic came up with a plug-in kit (Revolo) that upgrades a regular car to a hybrid in 4-6 hours, which the company is now developing with Bharat Forge. And PepsiCo India employees researched a rice seeding system that claims to reduce water consumption by 30%. These companies have realised that it's not about the next big thing, but about making the most of the last big thing.

What's the difference between Chinovation and Indovation and which one's here to stay?
Chinovation is about agility. In China, they have a term called 'shanzhai' which means rapid imitation. It's about seeing where the market is heading and getting there immediately. For example, Haier found a large number of washing machines in a Chinese town getting clogged because farmers were using them to wash sweet potatoes. The company responded by making machines with larger pipes, which could wash both clothes and potatoes! Place that along with Indovation, which is about affordability and accessibility, and you have the ability to solve many of the world's problems.

With globalisation leading to fewer constraints of scarcity, what is the future of Indovation?
I'm worried about it. There are two kinds of constraints- the kind that spurs innovation and the kind that hinders it. As companies globalise, we are seeing inflexibility arising from compliance and policy issues. Indovation is a bit like jazz - it's free flowing and builds on itself. The Western approach is like an orchestra - if you take the script away, people don't know what to do! Take GE; it was known for Six Sigma, but now they're moving away from it. I think we need a syncretic approach - integrate the Indian and Western approaches in a way that magnifies the best of each.

Courtesy ~ Article by "The Economics Times"

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Chanakya's Teachings - Forever True

1. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first & honest people are victimised first.

2. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

3. The biggest guru-mantra is... Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

4. Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - a) Why am I doing it; b) What the results might be; and c) Will I be successful.
Only when you think deeply & find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

4. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

5. Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.

6. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.

7. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

8. Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.

9. Books are as useful to a stupid person, as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

10. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health

No Pains ! No Gains !!

So often we hear these words, from the instructors at gym or from our teachers at school or college. Very simple words with even a simpler meaning. No gain without any pain means that no achievement or goal can be accomplished & achieved in life without the help of a real concentrated a fully dedicated or meditative effort.

The aim could be anything, better grades at school, promotion at work, an Olympic gold medal, a beautifully sculptured physique, or even winning the USA presidential election. Every single goal in life is surrounded by magnetic fields of dedication & concentration. No mountain is high enough, no river so deep, no goal is beyond our limits, once we set our mind, body and spirit behind it.

Our life on earth is a journey of the soul. The mind happens to be the driver, body is the vehicle, and the soul or spirit is the passenger inside. All three are very intimately connected, and one cannot do without the other.

What is our purpose on earth? A very philosophical, spiritual & thought provoking question, and it may take an entire lifetime or more, to find the answer. But it is very much worthwhile to move forward and discover our possibilities, which as a matter of fact are unlimited. Yes, unlimited, all other forms of creation have limitations, except the human form. A plant will stay as a plant, flowers will blossom, die out, and new flowers will blossom again. A dog stays as a dog, is born as a dog, dies as a dog, between birth and death his possibilities are limited to barking & being faithful to his master. The spider has been making the same kind of web his predecessors made, the birds make the same nests since millions of years. Whereas, we the human beings, have progressed from those primitive days of living as a savage, from the days of hunting with a club, eating raw meat, to these modern civilized days of airplanes, computers, McDonalds, Burger King & Pizza Hut, etc. It is no mean achievement of setting foot on the moon, and we continue daily making more & more advances into the unknown, primarily due to our non-limited nature.

Now coming back to the question, all these advances, discoveries & creations are the materialistic part of our purpose, and we have done very well. In fact more than well, our success in this field is simply mind-blowing. But, this is only one part of our purpose, one side of the coin, and we have devoted more time and energy than was required. The entire nature moves according to the law of opposites, day after night, heat after cold, death after birth, or we can turn it the other way around, night after day, cold after heat, birth after death.

Imagine what would happen if this law of opposites began to malfunction. No night after day, no heat after cold, or even no death after birth. Do you think we could survive in such a scenario. You bet, we won't. Then how do you think we can survive without the opposite part of our materialistic purpose, which happens to be the spiritualistic aspect of the two-fold purpose of our life on planet earth.

While we are moving at full speed towards materialism, we grossly neglected spiritualism, the opposite aspect of our nature. We have been moving in darkness since ages, neglecting the light, indulging in physical pleasures of body & mind, but forfeiting the spiritual sensations of our real nature. There is a gross imbalance which exists, and the result in playing with this law of nature is clearly evident in the world we live today. No doubt we have more comforts for the human body, more gadgets to please the mind, but sorrow, pain & sickness is on the rise. More and more people are falling sick, hospitals across the globe are getting over-crowded, doctors working round the clock in many third world countries. The gap between rich & poor, war & peace, health & sickness is on a constant rise.

Jesus said, "Love your neighbor, as you would love yourself". This is not happening, because to love someone, you have to love yourself before, love has to exist within you, only then can it move out. For instance, can you feed a beggar if you have no food? When you love a person, you really take care of them, you go out of your way to make them comfortable and happy. So when you love yourself, wouldn't you take care of yourself? Beginning with your health, wouldn't you go out of your way to be healthy, comfortable and happy? But are we doing that? Lets look at ourselves & around us, 90 percent of the people we meet are unhealthy & out of shape. It is a rare sight these days to see a healthy, well shaped man or woman during the course of the day.

Jesus further said, "Ignorance is the biggest sin, and only truth will set you free". When we are ignorant how our body functions, we become sinners. Many religious books point out that sinner will rot in the fires of hell. When you are sick & suffering, is that not hell? Your body is on fire when you have high fever or pain in the abdomen, heart or head. There is no hell in some far-off distant place, it is right here within us, in the form of sickness, pain and suffering. Only the truth will set you free, the truth about your body and mind, how they function, why do you get sick in the very first place.

The truth, although considered bitter, is nothing but the truth, very simple & easy to understand. All spiritual books point towards one simple truth, “Everything is within”. Every little thing is from God, and is within you, including He himself. This human body is the most amazing creation in the universe. In fact, it is the biggest wonder on earth, as it contains every possible thing one can imagine. If anything goes wrong, the body fixes it from within, it has been made to last & work for a good hundred years without any problem. The sickness, pain and suffering we go through is due to lack of unity & understanding between mind, body & soul. These three partners are responsible for our progress & well-being, to ensure that our two-fold purpose on earth is completed without any problem.

Who does not want to be healthy, and who does not wish to be free from sickness, pain and misery? The power to be, lies within us. We have been provided all the resources & tools to achieve the impossible, and stay healthy is the easiest thing to do. It’s like child's play. As the mind is the driver responsible to take care of the vehicle and drive us through our journey of life, in a peaceful, comfortable and happy manner, we shall begin our discovery into Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health, from the mind itself.

Naturopathy

Nature cure treatments are very ancient and were widely practiced in ancient India, Rome, Greece & Egypt. However the term, “Naturopathy” is relatively of recent origin. Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “It is the nature which cures, not the physician”, and he strongly recommended these natural treatments. Even the Vedic culture of ancient India highlights the use of nature's foremost healing agents, water, air, earth & sun. The extensive use of water as a healing agent is clearly seen in the discovery of the Great Baths of the Indus Valley Civilization.

The modern ways of nature cure have their origins in Germany, when Vincent Priessnitz established the Hydropathical establishment in 1822. Due to his great success with the water to cure treatments, the news of nature cure spread widely to many countries. A number of medical practitioners from USA, UK, and other countries became his students to learn these amazing natural treatments. Subsequently these students developed their own methods of healing based upon the natural techniques, and this knowledge was later given one common name, “Naturopathy”, by Dr. Benedict Lust (1872-1945), who incidentally is known as the “Father of Naturopathy”.

The basic theory of Naturopathy is based upon the fact that we are born healthy and can stay healthy by living in accordance with laws of nature. The entire philosophy is based upon three basic principles which have been tested and proved from over a century of successful Naturopathy treatments in India, Germany, England & United States.

The first principle is that all diseases are due to the accumulation of toxins & waste materials in the human body. These materials get piled up due to improper diet, lack of exercise, mental stress due to monetary or family problems, excess work, etc. So the basic principle which is applied is to employ ways to clear the system from these toxins and accumulated waste. All natural treatments follow this basic principle in curing any disease.

The second principle is that acute diseases like digestive disorders, inflammations, colds, fevers, skin eruptions, etc. are basically efforts on part of the human body, to throw off the toxins and waste from within the system. When toxins accumulate, the organs of the body like the bowels, kidneys & lungs are overworked, and cannot clear them as quickly as they are produced. Moreover mental disturbance & stress cause imbalance in the body's electric field where cell metabolism takes place. When this electric field is undisturbed, germs can live without multiplying, but once it is disturbed, the germs multiply & cause disease. Other major diseases like diabetes, asthma, heart problems, etc. are the direct result of not curing the acute diseases by natural methods and their continued suppression by employing harmful methods such as the modern drugs and vaccines.

The third principle is that our body is equipped by the Creator with a unique self healing mechanism which will bring back the body to normal conditions of health, if proper natural methods are used to assist the system to function properly.

These are the basic principles of Naturopathy based upon the simple fact that the power to cure disease lies within the body and not in the hands of the physician.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the greatest ancient sciences. 'Ayu' means ‘Life’ & 'Veda' means ‘Knowledge’. The origin of Ayurveda dates back to the evolution of civilization on earth. Thousands of years ago India's greatest wise men documented the knowledge of life in the oldest scriptures known to mankind, i.e. in the Rigveda, Atharvaveda & Yajurveda. The basic principles of Ayurveda are mentioned in these scriptures. Ayurveda is the sub-scripture of Yajurveda. This veda contains abundance of information on how to keep yourself healthy & to control disease.

Ayurveda originated as a part of Vedic science, which is a spiritual science & gives a clear understanding of the entire universe, which it sees as working according to a single law. Vedic science includes Yoga, Meditation, Astrology, etc.

Ayurveda is its branch for dealing with the physical body & it includes herbal medicines, dietetics, physiology, surgery, psychology, spirituality etc. The basic philosophy of Ayurveda is that suffering is disease & happiness is good health. No one can be healthy if they do not possess a sound body, a sound mind & a sound soul. Ayurveda outlines the complete way of life. It illustrates how we should keep healthy by guiding us on the basic aspects of personal hygiene and social conduct. Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine, which is achieved by developing the individual's own immune system to fight against infections and disease.

Ayurveda is part of the Vedas, the oldest available record of supreme knowledge and experience of mankind, the essence of which is mankind's harmony with nature & oneness with the universe. Ayurveda is to be viewed in such a broader perspective.

Ayurvedic treatment is practiced on two levels, one for the individual & self-care, and the other for the healer & his practice. The first outlines a detailed life-style treatment for enhancing health & prevention of disease, with some simple home-remedies for different diseases. A few simple therapies done as a part of our daily routine are extremely effective. It's only when our life- style is out of harmony with nature that more severe diseases arise, and more specialized and complicated health care becomes necessary. The second level provides some of this specialized Ayurvedic medical knowledge utilized by a health care professional. Many Ayurvedic methods are ways of correcting disorders in the energy field behind the physical body, as well as the field of consciousness. Most disease conditions involve physical, mental & spiritual factors, and require treatment on all three levels. Ayurveda, traditionally, involves a treatment of the entire human being and its full cosmic nature.

According to the Upanishads, the spiritual teachings of ancient India, disease is the highest form of spiritual knowledge, whereby the truth of life and the truth of one's own self can be revealed. Disease may be a sign of wrong actions in life, but can also be an indication that the soul is directing its energy within. Either way, it requires a spiritual re-examination of our lives, especially if the disease is severe. Therefore, self-examination is the first step & basic principle of understanding and resolving any disease.

Ayurvedic medicines consist of various natural herbs and minerals & are gradually gaining acceptance all over the world.

Yoga - Its Power & Benefits

One is never too young or too old to reap the health benefits of yoga.

Yoga, the Sanskrit word for "Union", is a practice that uses posture and breathing techniques to induce relaxation & improve strength, and its health benefits may surpass those of any other activity. Whether you practice yoga to relax, stretch, breathe, meditate, or simply because it's in fashion, you may not realize the numerous health benefits of yoga. And while there are many different kinds of yoga, ranging from the more gentle Hatha yoga to the more strenuous, like Bikram yoga (which is performed in a 105°F room) or Power yoga, every form of yoga improves your health from head to toe. Here are some of yoga's many health benefits.

Benefits of Yoga to Your Bones, Muscles, and Joints
The physical benefits of yoga are myriad. Yoga keeps your body strong, as it involves all the muscles in your body to hold & balance yoga asanas (poses). The various yoga postures strengthen your feet, legs, hands, abdominals, lower back, legs, and shoulders.
Yoga's stretching and breathing exercises improve flexibility, helping joints, tendons and muscles stay limber. People suffering from Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis will see a noticeable improvement in their stiffness, pain, and other arthritic symptoms by practicing yoga poses & postures.
Yoga improves your endurance, especially the more athletic forms of yoga such as Ashtanga yoga, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga & Bikram yoga. These rigorous yoga practices follow a specific sequence of poses (asanas) that become more challenging as you progress. Unlike the more gentle Hatha yoga, the forms of Ashtagna yoga, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga, & Bikram yoga require you to keep your body in constant motion between poses, resulting in a strenuous cardiovascular workout and improved core strength.
Hatha yoga can relieve chronic back and neck pain, since the poses and postures gently stretch and strengthen your back and neck muscles.
Yoga is often prescribed to help heal various injuries, including repetitive strain injuries, knee & back injuries, pulled hamstrings, even minor skin burns. Of course, you should consult your physician before using yoga as a treatment for any injury.
Yoga is an excellent weight-bearing exercise that can improve your bone density. This is particularly beneficial for women approaching menopause, since yoga can help ward off osteoporosis (thinning of the bone).

Benefits of Yoga to the Cardiovascular System
Yoga has tremendous health benefits for your heart. Most notably:
- The gentler forms of yoga lower your blood pressure because the asanas (yoga poses, postures, & yoga positions) keep blood flowing evenly throughout your body while you focus on your breathing.
- People suffering from hypertension can benefit from yoga tremendously, as Hatha yoga can lower your heart rate & blood pressure.
- Many practitioners claim that yoga has also lowered their cholesterol.
- Power yoga is an excellent form of cardio conditioning, which strengthens core muscles while it keeps blood and oxygen circulating throughout your body.

Benefits of Yoga on Mental Health
Yoga benefits anyone's mental health by helping him or her relax, and it is an effective form of psychological therapy. Yoga reduces anxiety and stress, resulting in better health, better mood & better concentration throughout the day. Yoga has been used to help treat a wide variety of emotional and mental disorders, including acute anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Even children can benefit from yoga. Those with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity can learn to relax and get control by using yoga breathing and yoga asanas.
Because yoga is a form of meditation, it results in a sense of inner peace and purpose, which has far-reaching health benefits. Yoga has been used to help heal victims of torture or other trauma.

Benefits of Yoga on other health conditions
Yoga can rid you of tension headaches & migraines because yoga circulates blood & oxygen to your head, which can often prevent headaches from starting. A regular yoga practice helps boost antioxidants throughout your body, resulting in a stronger immune system and improved ability to heal quickly from disease or injury. Yoga can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. Power yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that burns calories, resulting in weight loss. Many women going through menopause report an easing of symptoms when they begin practicing yoga.

Benefits of Yoga in everyday life
Yoga can help cure insomnia, as regular yoga practice leads to better and deeper sleep. Yoga helps fighting fatigue & maintain energy throughout the day. Yoga is an effective treatment for a variety of autoimmune diseases, because it can reduce the symptoms these diseases often cause, such as stiffness, malaise, fatigue, and weakness.

Regular yoga practice will create multiple & noticeable benefits to your health.